The two maiko posted previously, amusing themselves as they waited for the show to begin outside the Minamiza theatre, Miyagawa-cho, Kyoto.
The nape of a woman's neck is considered extremely erotic in Japanese culture. The lower the collar of a girl's kimono dips, the more provacative. It's the eqivalent of cleveage in the west. Maiko and geiko wear the collars of their kimono very low, and paint their necks in a way that makes their neck seem longer than it is. The thin strips of bare skin showing beneaththe mask of white make-up is also thought to be very erotic.